Wool Afternoon Ensemble
English, Arthur Chambers & Co. ca. 1883
Description

Afternoon ensemble (dress and shoulder cape) of eggplant–purple wool trimmed with matching silk moire. The dress with high neck with small standing collar, trimmed with ruched white silk chiffon; cuirass bodice with moire plastron and CF closure, the gilt–brass buttons with Venetian–style winged lions; long curved sleeves with pointed moire button cuffs trimmed with ruched chiffon; overskirt with deep horizontal pleats and wide moire band at hem, gathered into CF; ruched underskirt with deep pleated flounce at hem; CB bodice panel tightly smocked into waist and released into draped bustle with moire band at hem; interior pocket along bustle seam right side proper; shoulder cape trimmed with moire bands at neck, CF hook–and–eye closure, and around hem; inner boning on front darts and side seams and two set of tapes to tie bustle; finely striped beige and grey cotton lining; petersham waistband with gold label: “Arthur Chambers & Co. / Costume Manufacturers / Grantham”

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